Topic: Program

Applications for Digital Inclusion Fellowship are open

October 30, 2017
We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the fourth cohort of the Digital Inclusion Fellowship! Nonprofit staff selected for the Fellowship will create and expand digital inclusion programs to help bring their communities online. These programs empower communities in innumerable ways: They can help parents connect with teachers, instruct job seekers on how to craft a professional resume, promote low-cost internet offers, show seniors how to video chat with family, and so much more.

5 ways to create smiles when teaching tech

October 24, 2017
For first-time users as well as some senior tech users, learning a new tech concept can be a difficult experience. Because of this difficulty, it can cause these users to feel animosity towards technology. By using digital empowerment as the framework for tech education programs, you can target students' specific needs and interests, creating an effective and interactive learning experience.
Digital Inclusion Fellows & NTEN staff pose for a group photo.

Building connections to change lives

August 16, 2017
From July 2016 to July 2017, Digital Inclusion Fellows launched an impressive array of programs, initiatives, and events to promote digital inclusion and digital literacy in their communities. Along the way, they recorded data showing their progress and shared success stories and challenges from the field.

Overcoming barriers to digital literacy programs

June 12, 2017
What are the barriers to implementing digital literacy programs at your organization? Panelists from a 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference session on the subject discuss challenges and solutions, and offer resources to overcome those barriers.
3 people hold certificates earned from the Digital Empowerment Lab

Digital Empowerment

June 7, 2017
My job as a teacher is to envision a future for our students that includes technology as a tool for realizing their dreams. It's an educational investment that’s worth the time: Students emerge from our program confident in their ability to use technology to be problem solvers and motivated to become lifelong learners of technology. Here are some key aspects of our program design.
A rope looped to form a heart shape.

Facts and feelings

May 31, 2017
Habitat for Humanity decided to test the power of technology to increase resident engagement in neighborhoods they serve. They launched a pilot project with 12 Habitat organizations across the country to determine whether using feedback loops increased participation by community residents. They share the results and the lessons learned.

6 ways to be cooler than school

May 22, 2017
The daunting task of dealing with new technology can feel so overwhelming to adult learners that they need a space designed where they can take a breath, have a laugh, and try again. Digital Inclusion Fellow Jamie Littlefield shares how she learned to help clients feel more at ease and make more progress in her Computer Help Lab.

Building digital inclusion from the ground up

May 18, 2017
In San Antonio, the digital divide is just one of many hurdles our city’s population is facing, and a multifaceted issue requires multifaceted approaches. Digital inclusion is often depicted as a three-legged stool with training, broadband access, and devices as its interdependent legs. During my Fellowship year I have aimed to keep this model in mind, understanding that no single entity can resolve this issue alone.

12 tips for engaging pro bono volunteers

April 24, 2017
In many nonprofit organizations, especially smaller ones, the staff are generalists: good at wearing many hats, and responding to the myriad needs of programs, clients and constituents. But imagine: What you could accomplish if you weren’t limited to the time and talent of paid staff?

Refurbished technology: an insider’s guide

April 18, 2017
There is a way to connect clients to the digital tools they need without spending thousands of dollars on new technology. Tech refurbishers—often nonprofits themselves—are repurposing unwanted electronics for digital inclusion programs, aiming to lower the cost to clients and curb the environmental impact of e-waste.